A vacant rest home in Mount Gilead could be reopened, if a regional non-profit organization succeeds in its efforts.
The organization, Moderate Living for the Aging (MLFTA), has offices in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee and is currently conducting a fund raising campaign to reopen the facility formerly known as Tillery Chase Adult Care Home. Published plans call for the establishment of an independent senior and assisted living operation at the site.
According to published information, MLFTA was founded in 1997 and is involved with housing, supplement food deliveries, utilities and prescriptions for the aging.
The current funding campaign seeks to raise $200,000 in donations by the end of August. Contributions are being solicited through the web page at http://www.microgiving.com/cause/give-your-heart-to-save-a-heart.
The facility first opened in the 1970s as Evans Rest Home, built and operated by Jim Evans of Mount Gilead. The later Tillery Chase home was operated by Larry Patton of Reidsville, N.C.
Tillery Chase closed suddenly in early 2013 following a period of declining ratings from the state Department of Health and Human Services and, ultimately, a decision to revoke the home’s license. The closing displaced 44 residents and left 30 workers unemployed.